Thursday, February 6, 2014


CLAYTON, New York (February 6, 2014) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, has announced details of the 2014 Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) and ABM jointly hosted symposium to be held May 2-4 in Clayton.

Symposium 2014: Start Your Engines will jump-start opening weekend activities at the ABM for the beginning of the 2014 summer season.

This weekend-long symposium is for people with a passion for boating and building boats, boat owners, and everyone in-between. Symposium 2014 will primarily focus on engines – covering all types including inboards, outboards, and diesel engines. 

Sessions will be taught by experts in motor maintenance and provide participants with hands-on demonstrations, as well as instruction on how to properly restore and maintain a marine engine. 

Instructors include:

Peter Hunn, author of The Classic Outboard Motor Handbook
Peter Leubner, Navy Point Marine Service Manager (Sackets Harbor, NY)
Tony Mollica, well-known boating and 1000 Islands author and historian
Dave Van Ness, owner of Van Ness Engineering (Ridgewood, NJ)
Hans Wahl, owner of French Creek Marina (Clayton, NY)

The weekend will also consist of speedboat rides and a tour of the ABM’s Doebler storage facility.

Registration is only $199, if registered prior to April 20, and includes dinner on Friday night at The Clipper Inn, breakfast at the ABM on Saturday and Sunday, as well as lunch on Saturday.

For more information or to register, log on to or contact Julie Broadbent at

Located on the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands, the Antique Boat Museum features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts. In August 2014, the Museum will host the 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running antique boat show in North America, during a 10-day celebration spanning August 1-10 and capped off with the Antique Raceboat Regatta. For more information please visit the Museum’s website at